What has -Covid- changed?

                                            …actually very little!

Since the spread of the Covid-19 virus,
everyone has been saying that things are changing,
and that nothing will be the same as it was before!

Yes, we may be wearing masks, washing our hands more,
… but since the first easing of restrictions
people have shown themselves to be
… as self centred as they were before!

How come?
As so often is the case, when there is pressure,
… whatever is inside comes straight to the surface.
FEAR…
A fear that is based on … Me!
It’s all about ME!
What I want! What I may lose!

What we put our eyes on, is what influences our lives,
… and if we limit ourselves to ME
what will we influence or positively impact?

      Instead we should be resisting that fear
      … by dealing with its root cause, ME!
      Because when we put our eyes on others,
      … on what we can do for them,
      … to improve their lives
      a potential is released that can move mountains!

Want to be a mountain mover?
Put your eyes on the One who can move mountains,
make Him your source, your strength and your future.

      And my God shall supply all your need
      according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
      Phil 4:19

 

Looking for success…

                              …it is in you!

We all want to be successful,
… hoping for a lucky break,
… for an opportunity to come our way,
… for someone to offer us a fantastic deal,
or that God will help us become successful!

And God wants you to be successful,
… He wants to help you be successful!

BUT…
asking or expecting God to make you successful,
… won’t work!
Because success is already in you.

      You have to recognise what is in you,
      … find out from God what He has prepared for you,
      then, you have to act on what God’s prepared for you,
      … and you have to live out what God has put in you!

Therefore God says to us …

      For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,
      plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
      plans to give you hope and a future.
      Jer 29 11

When you trust Him for your future,
… He will surely help you,
and He will make sure
that you are successful!
 

The impossible becomes possible

                             … when need becomes desire!

When lack or need becomes want or desire,
… what seemed to be impossible becomes possible!

Why? How?
      Need is always about expectations,
      … about waiting for others to act,
      … for others to do so that you will benefit!

      Desire on the other hand
      … puts the onus on you to act.
      Desire motivates you to do something about that need!
      … and makes you responsible to act on your own behalf.

Stop needing and start seeding,
… start putting something in,
so that those answers can come out!

But, I don’t have the resources to accomplish my dream!

All the more reason to formulise your desire,
to make it real in your mind, in your thinking,
… so that you can share it with others.
Most people want to be part of whatever has potential,
and finding help with what you are willing to invest in
… is not a problem.
Even God is waiting to help!

      God will bless … all to which you set your hand,
      Deut 28 8

In fact God says that He will, and He does…

      Now may He who supplies seed to the sower,
      and bread for food,
      supply and multiply the seed you have sown
      and increase the fruits of your righteousness
      2 Cor 9 10

 

There is no time…

                                                … only opportunity!
life

      … I have no time for this!
      … I have run out of time!
      … If only I had more time!

Sayings that we so often use,
… yet they are actually incorrect,
because,
the only thing that time causes – is pressure!

Stop and think!
In God’s creation, in Heaven and in eternity,
there is no time – only events!

Seriously?
Yes!
So how does this work?

      I have no time, because I need no time!
      However what I do need is
      … answers
      … direction
      … purpose
      … vision
      and a goal (Him)

      Then I have all that I need
      and it didn’t take any time!

So…
Have a great time – living without time (pressure)!

      Behold, now is the accepted time;
      behold, now is the day of salvation.
      2 Cor 6 2

 

Love is looking…

                                          … for you!

What is love?
Most everyone will tell you that to love is to give,
… and they are right!

What does this mean?

      If love is to give,
      then love wants to give!
      If love wants to give,
      then love must be looking where to give
      and love must be looking what to give!

Are you looking where you can love
… and what you can give?

      God is Love, and he who abides in love
      abides in God, and God in him.
      1 John 4 16

What does this mean in your life?

      You don’t have to advertise your needs
      Love is looking after you!
      But Love cannot give to you,
      and Love cannot reach out to you,
      if you are not where Love is,
      … where Love can touch you,

      Let your gentleness be evident to all.
      The Lord is near.
      Phil 4 5 (NIV)

 

It’s all about decisions

                                          … you make!

Life is about making decisions,
… even though they may not always come so easily!

However,
once you understand the reason for making decisions,
… that it is about commitment and direction,
the direction your life should be taking,
… and where you are going to be tomorrow,
then making a decision will become so much easier!

      Because, unless you make a decision,
      … you have no direction!
      Your future is not just on hold,
      … but in danger of outside interference!
      And on top of that,
      … the longer you take to reach a decision,
      … the more the problem seems to increase.

So learn to make decisions,
and don’t be intimidated by having to decide.

But what if I don’t know if it’s the right decision?
That is absolutely no problem!
You have help …

      However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come,
      He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on
      His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak;
      and He will tell you things to come.
      John 16 13

Ask Him to help you make decisions,
… and let His peace be your guide!
 

A vision – for the future

                                       where do you see yourself?
life

What vision do you have for your life?
What plans are you making?

      In other words …
      Where do you see yourself?
      Because, where you see yourself
      … is where you are going to land up.

Our minds are always active,
… continually making pictures.

      Pictures that we need to look at,
      random thoughts that we need to consider,
      … where do they come from?

In fact, Scripture urges us to …
      take every thought captive
      2 Cor 10 5

For not every thought is positive
… nor is every picture of real value,
and should not simply be acted upon,
… but scrutinized in relation to a standard or value.

Therefore Scripture urges us to bring those thoughts …
      into the structure of life shaped by Christ.
      2 Cor 10 5 (The Message)

Then our thoughts will have focus and structure,
… our plans will have potential,
and our vision will lead us
into the fullness of His blessings.
 

Murphy’s Law

                                          … the way to go!

Have you noticed, in most any or every crisis
… Murphy is not phased at all
… and his laws still work!

      For those who don’t know Murphy’s Law
      basically, it is …
      If it can go wrong, it will go wrong.
      and…
      that’s not the way it supposed to be!

So, what is Murphy’s secret?
Don’t be the way others think you should be!
Don’t do what others expect you to do!
But …
simply be DIFFERENT!

How does that work?

      Don’t expect things to always be the same,
      … expect change,
      … look for change,
      … look for development, for growth,
      … expect increase, blessing and peace.
      Expect God!

So how can I do that?

      And do not be conformed to this world,
      but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
      that you may prove what is that good
      and acceptable and perfect will of God.
      Rom 12 2

 

The act …

                                          … of forgiveness!

To forgive, or saying you forgive someone
… is easy.
Getting out from under the pressure of condemnation
because of what was said or has happened,
… that’s difficult.

So what do you do?
You make the decision to forgive
by surrounding that person with love
as an act of faith.

      When thoughts of that person come up,
      are you going to remember what happened
      … and dwell on the past?
      Or …
      are you going to bless and uplift that person
      … because you made the decision to forgive?

The choice is yours.

If you have decided to forgive,
… then every time you think of that person,
speak blessing and life over that person.
Don’t harbour negative or condemning thoughts.
That act of faith to be positive and to bless,
… is what will free you from the negative past.

      Judge not, and you shall not be judged.
      Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned.
      Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
      Give, and it will be given to you:
      Luke 6 37-38

 

More than just living

                                          … abiding in Life!

      in Him we live and move and have our being,
      Acts 17 28

And so we do … (or should do),
but unless we are also alive in Him
… our lives will be rather empty, and
… without victory over the challenges of life!

Why?
What is living all about?
Where you live is where your stuff is.
Where you live is where you get your mail.
And yes, it can also be a place of potential,
… as Jesus very clearly said,

      If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you,
      you will ask what you desire,
      and it shall be done for you.
      John 15 7

On the other hand, as Jesus also explained,
… to abide is an action and is all about
… what you DO where you are!

Therefore,
if you live AND move AND have your being – in Him,
and allow His words to abide in you,
… responding to and acting on them,
THEN …
the potential that God has provided for us,
… will become ALIVE in you
and you will have victory over life’s challenges
… and His promises will manifest in you!

      If you are willing and obedient,
      You shall eat the good of the land;
      Isa 1 19